From the folks at Transubstans Records/Record Heaven comes the Swedish instrumental band called Salma Gandhi. Not content to swim in the retro hard rock, metal, and doom waters that so many other acts from Sweden seem to be doing these days, the oddly named Salma Gandhi instead have created quirky intrumental pieces that touch on jazz, pop, prog, blues, punk, and stoner elements.
Many of the tracks here are fun to listen to, and have a unique sound, especially "Mulholland Mustard In The Custard", "Paranoid Cow On A Mushroom Lawn" (love these songs titles!), and the epic post-rock/psychedelia of "Santa Da Luna Pa Ruskie". The dark & spooky "Dr. Steveroll I Presume" has a spacey, jazzy, psychedelic feel to it that is quite appealing, but you are almost left waiting for the band to really break out with something earthshattering, which they rarely do. For a few brief moments they bash you with heavy guitar riffs and funky electric piano swells on the schiztophrenic "Marshmallow Space Station Track 8B Or 381C", but those moments are all too fleeting here. Too add some color and further weirdness to the album, all sorts of sound bites and clips from news shows and films are thrown into the mix, as well as bizarro sound effects in spots. It's eclectic to say the least.
Definitely some good moments here on The Quest For Nonsense Never Ends, and you have to give the band credit for a unique sound, but for many it will probably be an unsettling listening experience, as Salma Gandhi are all over the place at times. Worth checking out if you are in the mood for something completely different.
02 Paranoid Cow On A Mushroom Lawn
03 Mulholland Mustard In The Custard
04 Why Does Matt Damon Always Say Matt Damon
06 Marshmallow Space Station Track 8B Or 381C
07 Polish Rodeo For Drunken Teenage Midgets
08 Audio Killed The Stereo Video
10 Santa Da Luna Pa Ruskie
11 Dr. Steveroll I Presume
12 Linus Plus Minus Linus